The annual Houston Hilltopper 1st Pitch banquet is set for Feb. 8 with featured speaker, Butch Thompson, assistant baseball coach and pitching coach from Mississippi State University.
Thompson joins a growing list of high-profile sports personalities to address baseball fans in Houston.
“The 1st Pitch banquet has become a huge deal in our program especially with whom we’ve been able to get to be our keynote speaker,” said HHS baseball coach Scott Gann.
Recent speakers have included MSU head baseball coach John Cohen, Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison, MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and former MSU quarterback and radio and television sports analyst Matt Wyatt.
Gann said everyone involved in the HHS baseball program and booster club is pleased to have Thompson heading to Houston.
“Butch Thompson is considered by many in the college game to be one of the best pitching minds out there and we are so fortunate to have him speak at our banquet to get the season going,” Gann said.
Thompson, a native of Amory, is a former Panther and also pitched for Itawamba Community College. He began his coaching career in 1993 as pitching coach at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. With 20 years of collegiate coaching under his belt, he enters his sixth season with the Diamond Dogs of MSU, 2013 National Championship finalists.
The banquet will be held in the HHS Commons Area and tickets for the event are $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased from any Hilltopper baseball player or diamond girl.
Dates to remember
First full day of high school baseball practice
Baseball jamboree in Pontotoc
HHS vs. Pontotoc, noon
HHS vs. Kossuth, 1:30 p.m.